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Happy new year, y'all! I simplified the thread title a bit this year - hope that's okay with you guys. If not, call the mods!

Let's start 2020 off right with this banger from late November:

Sarkodie - Oofeetsɔ ft. Prince Bright [Buk Bak]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbC-gCHMIdY

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 13:11 (two months ago) link

rolling Afropop / Afrobeats / Afrodance 2019

2019 thread for reference

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 14:38 (two months ago) link

bookmarking

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Thursday, 9 January 2020 09:11 (two months ago) link

That’s what you get for dragging your feet! Glad there’s a new thread tho.

If I can make one general request to everyone posting here: please add song info when you’re posting a YouTube or any other link. This not only makes it easier to search the thread, but also so many of these links go dead, often sooner than later, especially when they’re not the “official” ones (I mean, just have a look at last year’s thread).

Hope to be posting some stuff soon (there’s plenty!), if I can get myself in the right mindset.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 9 January 2020 11:20 (two months ago) link

Okay, here goes:

longneck, that Sarkodie x Prince Bright track is a banger indeed. Talk about a pair of old hands... Buk Bak, the group Prince Bright started out in, made an azonto classic in 2012 with “Kolom”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPyqZ5Dub-Q
(and I only just now found out
that they were veterans even then.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 9 January 2020 16:51 (two months ago) link

But back to the here and now: Give me a single reason why there wouldn’t be a new Nini album in 2020:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xl36uos9Wrc
Niniola • Omo Rapala

Reminder: This song wasn’t nominated for the EOY, but “Boda Sodiq” was, so you can vote🔶 for that one!

breastcrawl, Thursday, 9 January 2020 16:52 (two months ago) link

Califor...naija Love:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVte8a_2q80
Davido ft. WurlD, Naira Marley & Zlatan • Sweet in the Middle

Reminder: You can vote🔶 for the album it’s from in the EOY (as well as for the track “Disturbance” - too bad “Risky” wasn’t nominated).
Love how big African artists can now make albums that appeal both to their home market and the world at large, mainly because, unlike before, r&b/rap/urban(o) is more than ready to meet Afropop halfway.
I’m linking the Pitchfork review ufo mentioned in the 2019 thread because it’s a very good piece. Wish there was more writing on Afropop like this.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 9 January 2020 16:56 (two months ago) link

More Naija: Fireboy DML is making good on the promise of “Jealous” (a song you should definitely vote🔶 for in the EOY). Kinda crazy, but his album Laughter, Tears & Goosebumps is handsomely outstreaming both the Davido and the Starboy EP. And it’s only right, this is perfect Naija pop. The new video is for “Scatter”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtbwTgY3AIk

“Vibration” is the other big track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEV1awtNdOs

...but you should also definitely listen to “Gbas Gbos” (and by then you might want to vote🔶 for the album in the EOY - it’s been nominated, so go right ahead!)

breastcrawl, Thursday, 9 January 2020 17:00 (two months ago) link

Will vote

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Thursday, 9 January 2020 17:13 (two months ago) link

👍 winning over the ILM electorate one voter at a time

breastcrawl, Thursday, 9 January 2020 18:58 (two months ago) link

"Jealous" is a strong contender for my #1 slot and I've never heard the album! Will have to rectify asap

rob, Thursday, 9 January 2020 21:17 (two months ago) link

It’s only been out for six weeks or so. I wasn’t too crazy about the follow-up singles to “Jealous”, so my expectations weren’t particularly high, but the album blew me away - and like I said, it’s not just me: besides being the #1 album in Nigeria, it’s also #1 in Ghana and Uganda, which is quite extraordinary for a rookie like him.

breastcrawl, Thursday, 9 January 2020 22:14 (two months ago) link

Breastcrawl,do you (or someone else) think you could make a playlist of all the nom'd thread related tracks? As I think I mentioned I didn't have the time to nom anything this year and need to catch up on all of your faves.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 09:39 (two months ago) link

I have an overall South African playlist in the works, and I can make a rest-of-Africa tracks one too. Watch this space. Later today okay?

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 10:33 (two months ago) link

yay! (okay!)

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 14 January 2020 12:10 (two months ago) link

So, I made a playlist with all the nominated SOUTH AFRICAN tracks and albums (including two tracks by non-SA artists with significant input by SA artists/producers: “That’s For Me” and “My Power”).

First the 36** nominated tracks, from “Sondela” to “John Cena”, and after that the 9 nominated albums, from Sho Madjozi down to Tresor, where we come full circle. I arranged both tracks and albums in an approximation of stylistic order.

Here’s the playlist:
ILM 2019 EOY🇿🇦SOUTH AFRICA

**Missing is Heavy K ft. Moonchild Sanelly’s “Yebo Mama”, which is not on Spotify. This is the video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lmdn52afm2U

(...and a note regarding Kwiish SA’s “Iskhathi”: The original vocal version that I love so much seems to have disappeared completely (I think there was a rights issue). The “Vocal Version” that is on Spotify (and this playlist) is no longer the original vocal version with, you know, actual vocals. There is a video version with re-recorded vocals by Vukani, but it’s not nearly as good.)

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:14 (two months ago) link

And as promised, I also made a playlist with the nominated [non-South African] AFROPOP tracks, and I threw in the albums as well. Again, it’s tracks first, albums second, 51 tracks and 19 albums to be precise.

It’s “pop” in the broadest sense: My focus was on the stuff that’s featured on this thread but I also included more leftfield stuff: DJ Nigga Fix, Hama and the four (!) Nyege Nyege Tapes albums that were nominated, and music that’s more within the remit of the Global Outernational thread, by KOKOKO!, Blick Bassy, Salif Keita, and Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba. Plus I included an exclusive Afropop cut of The Lion King: The Gift. And yeah, I basically excluded Afrodiasporic stuff.

Ultimately, it’s all a bit arbitrary obviously, and I might have missed some things, but whatever. So skip away and enjoy!

That playlist in full:
ILM 2019 EOY🔶AFROPOP NOMS

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 21:47 (two months ago) link

Apologies to DJ Nigga Fox for the typo. Here’s his nominated track “Vício” to make up for it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dM3tfr4aMY

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 22:20 (two months ago) link

Breastcrawl is the main reason I'd like a 'like post' feature :) Thanks! For these playlists, and for posting so much good music throughout the year.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 09:45 (two months ago) link

brilliant. thanks!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 10:37 (two months ago) link

You’re welcome, guys. Glad you appreciate it!

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 11:01 (two months ago) link

listening to the Fireboy album now and would recommend anyone doing likewise to skip the opening track which is, IMO, just on the wrong side of corny. Also this way you start with Vibration

rob, Thursday, 16 January 2020 15:01 (two months ago) link

Good tip, but... (how) did you like the album?

breastcrawl, Thursday, 16 January 2020 21:05 (two months ago) link

I didn't get all the way to the end but I liked what I heard. It's very mellow; no surprise there, but it kind of washed over me. I will probably give it another chance soon I think

rob, Thursday, 16 January 2020 23:28 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ebZ7Ng1okCg

Yo Pe (Remix), the hit from Innoss'B and Diamond Platnumz wasn't posted in the 2019 thread, so I'm throwing some East-Eastern vibes to start off the thread.

Nabozo, Sunday, 19 January 2020 14:02 (two months ago) link

I've been sleeping on Skales for a while but these two Oliver Twists are pretty good:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rc1Qy85kRc4

Remix:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcLKy9sBXgM

Official video for the remix will be out in a couple of hours:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uszx3CwUASQ

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Friday, 24 January 2020 10:36 (two months ago) link

This is exactly what I want to hear right now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asuw9E1CY3U

Diamond Platnumz ft. Teni • Sound

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 28 January 2020 22:19 (two months ago) link

longneck, are you familiar with this track (and the EP its from)?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5ShVeGKOLY
Alpha P • Paloma

He’s not just any old Rema copycat, these two go way back (and he was the singer, Rema the rapper!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KewSzDxZzdo

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 10:21 (two months ago) link

So... this is certainly interesting. Never heard of him before but the similarities are striking, yes,

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 10:54 (two months ago) link

So basically Rema jacked his partner's style, huh? lol. I really like Paloma though. Thanks, breastcrawl!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 11:04 (two months ago) link

maybe he’s jacking Rema back for jacking him first? I’m not sure, in that 2015 clip Alpha sounds more like early Wizkid.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 21:51 (two months ago) link

But anyway, there it is: the first attempt known to man at NaijaPiano:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DT9GvDEnprI
Adekunle Gold x DJ Tunez • Kelegbe Megbe (Remix)

(you may know the original from last year’s thread - or from the EOY noms playlist)

We’re not exactly at Kabza level here yet, the vocal is buried too much in the mix for starters, but I’ve been waiting for this to happen and God knows how Naija pop might be sounding in a year’s time. Remember what Uhuru-wave and gqom>shagqom shaku did for Naija pop?

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 21:52 (two months ago) link

Yeah I heard and dismissed it, lol. The original version is awesome though.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 21:58 (two months ago) link

I appreciate the effort much more than the outcome. Blissed out is not an easy sound to achieve.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 22:05 (two months ago) link

can't listen to that right now but gonna take it as retroactive vindication of my saying "Kelegbe Megbe" sounded like the Nigerian wing of the House of Sun El

dubious self-otms aside: yesss, I am ready for blissed out naija!

rob, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 22:14 (two months ago) link

It’s not that it’s bad - I just prefer remixes that improve on the original tune. And this particular one was already perfect.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 22:22 (two months ago) link

xp

fucking hell, you’re right, I remember! I guess it was destined to have this role in NaijaPiano history. Check out this (condensed) sequence from last year’s thread:

Can’t wait to hear what NaijaPiano is going to sound like.
― breastcrawl, zondag 30 juni 2019 1:27

Digging the new Adekunle Gold, “Kelegbe Megbe (Know Your Level)”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MucSft25l6I
― breastcrawl, maandag 1 juli 2019 23:32

Playing catch-up this morning. That Adekunle Gold track "Know Your Level" is really good--great to see it as I haven't enjoyed much he's done in a long time. It would fit nicely in the Nigerian wing of the House of Sun-El
― rob, donderdag 11 juli 2019 15:39

That’s a connection I would never have made! Not sure I can hear it like that though, it feels more of a piece with the Burna stuff to me.
― breastcrawl, donderdag 11 juli 2019 18:20

Yeah it's not like a huge break from other naija stuff or anything, but Gold is such a gentle presence (compared to someone like Burna) and, especially, the little break at 2:00 gives me some of the same feeling as...whatever we'd call that Sun-El microgenre. If that moment was stretched out I think it would connect even more strongly.
― rob, donderdag 11 juli 2019 18:30


lol

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 22:36 (two months ago) link

good call, rob!

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 22:37 (two months ago) link

Is it just me or could this Mr Eazi "Kpalanga" go on for another few minutes?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MHHCX_Y1blM

rob, Saturday, 1 February 2020 18:55 (two months ago) link

Oh wow, damn that’s good! Killertunes continuing down the “Doyin” trail (another song that was way too short btw). Probably my favourite Naija single of the year so far.
Tekno must be jealous - and I’m not just saying that because of the “kpalanga” connection.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 1 February 2020 20:44 (two months ago) link

"Kpalanga" was the first song on the apple music Africa Now playlist I listened to today, and it is great!

juntos pedemos (Euler), Saturday, 1 February 2020 20:49 (two months ago) link

The new Runtown is viiiibes:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SvGoaq3t_xs

Runtown ft. Darkovibes & Bella Shmurda • Body Riddim (produced by Del B)

This guy is due for a real comeback - I was lukewarm on last year's EP.

breastcrawl, Saturday, 1 February 2020 21:37 (two months ago) link

Both of those are very nice. I posted this Burna banga over in the other thread but it deserves its place in here as well.

Nappy & Burna Boy - Aye
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aCXjRUasA48

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Saturday, 1 February 2020 23:23 (two months ago) link

Speaking of gorgeous Killertunes productions, I never posted “My Lady” by Ghanaian singer King Promise last year, but I did nominate it and me and two others voted for it. Beautiful song, he’s such a strong melocidist:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZ76p4_RrOw

breastcrawl, Sunday, 2 February 2020 13:25 (two months ago) link

I definitely voted for it. One of my favourite tunes from last year. It’s the 2019 Mad Over You in my book.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 2 February 2020 14:00 (two months ago) link

I definitely voted for it. One of my favourite tunes from last year. It’s the 2019 Mad Over You in my book.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 2 February 2020 14:02 (two months ago) link

(Sorry for the dp - network issues)

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Sunday, 2 February 2020 14:11 (two months ago) link

Rundown track is excellent, love the glistening slide guitar plus those wah-wah squelches

rob, Monday, 3 February 2020 14:54 (one month ago) link

Anyone else catch the soukous beat during Super Bowl halftime? That has to be a first (@ 0:34)

That was incredible, @jlo + @shakira! 👏 #PepsiHalftime #SBLIV

SOON: Fans can relive their favorite moments from the #PepsiHalftime show HERE https://t.co/TegS1TZFKy pic.twitter.com/1HkRu99cRR

— NFL (@NFL) February 3, 2020

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Monday, 3 February 2020 16:11 (one month ago) link

Wrote on the Rolling Global thread:

Shakira At Super Bowl halftime used the Congo instrumental song Icha by Syran Mbenza. The guitar solo is by Lokassa Ya Mbongo I am reading on twitter. Colombian champeta is drawn from Congolese rumba in part.

curmudgeon, Monday, 3 February 2020 18:03 (one month ago) link

Accelerate, his most recent album, was all killer, no filler!

breastcrawl, Monday, 24 February 2020 22:43 (one month ago) link

It was on my ballot for that year, and it is very good! But he has an even better one in him, I think.

Frederik B, Monday, 24 February 2020 22:56 (one month ago) link

I wanted to start a Facebook group to discuss afro-pop, amapiano etc, but also the dancehall, soca and other stuff I'm into, among other things.
I've created this, which has the rather catch-all strapline 'New Sounds From the International Underground'. Feel free to join and follow if interested https://www.facebook.com/groups/terrainsound/

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Tuesday, 25 February 2020 15:39 (one month ago) link

We got another live one, folx, and this time it's Ghanapiano - it's Juls with the subtly titled "Mandela Riddim":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M62aTi25c8c

breastcrawl, Tuesday, 25 February 2020 19:45 (one month ago) link

high time for a new playlist I think:

ILM rolling ✳️all-inclusive✳️ afro 2020

I’m including all the tracks posted on this thread as well as adjacent threads (generously defined), and even relevant stuff posted on other threads (non-US rap, for instance). Thought of separating the SA stuff, like I did for the EOY noms, but I like the idea of people getting into contact with other genres/flavours than their original entry point through a pseudo-pan-African-pop/not-pop playlist.

Thanks to this open-door policy, we’re already 105 tracks in, so enjoy!

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:05 (one month ago) link

icymi: ILM rolling ✳️all-inclusive✳️ afro 2020

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 26 February 2020 21:19 (one month ago) link

Nice work! Thanks breastcrawl

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Thursday, 27 February 2020 01:39 (one month ago) link

Both were produced by Kel-P, but in marked contrast to the new Burna track, the new Niniola is horn-y as hell:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uW3hLhyWDLg
Niniola ft. Femi Kuti • Fantasy

breastcrawl, Friday, 28 February 2020 06:21 (one month ago) link

And guess what, Mr Early Adopter of Naija Trends for the East African Market is back with... a Kel-P joint:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5rFro4XdZ0
Diamond Platnumz • Jeje

breastcrawl, Friday, 28 February 2020 06:42 (one month ago) link

another late vote for Beynaud; his stuff is consistently great.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 28 February 2020 17:36 (one month ago) link

anyone else on sauti sol "suzanna"? it edges right up to corny in like a cee-lo "fuck you" kinda way but imo they really pull it off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFBJtuQ1Llc

J0rdan S., Monday, 2 March 2020 23:36 (one month ago) link

I love Sauti Sol and they get way too few mentions in this thread imo. The corniness is good not bad :)

Frederik B, Tuesday, 3 March 2020 12:41 (four weeks ago) link

not sure if this was already posted as it's from late 2019 but Iyabo by GuiltyBeatz is a certi banger

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBOmNwQuVIU

doorstep jetski (dog latin), Tuesday, 3 March 2020 15:19 (four weeks ago) link

ja that's good. pim pim is my favourite 2020 track so far I think. so louche

||||||||, Tuesday, 3 March 2020 20:39 (four weeks ago) link

pim pim, dumebi (remix) and eMcimbini three-way tie

||||||||, Tuesday, 3 March 2020 20:43 (four weeks ago) link

thanks for iyabo, that's dope

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 4 March 2020 15:21 (four weeks ago) link

Iyabo: great track, but another one that ends too soon imo

rob, Saturday, 14 March 2020 16:01 (two weeks ago) link

Blame all those afropop party dj’s, always playing 1 minute of every track, max.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 14 March 2020 17:13 (two weeks ago) link

lol really? madness

rob, Saturday, 14 March 2020 17:15 (two weeks ago) link

Didn’t hear it at first, but 2Baba and Wizkid’s “Opo” is straight addictive fire:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_PSK0Bop2k

(see the Burna thread for 2Baba’s other big collabo on his latest album)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 14 March 2020 17:21 (two weeks ago) link

really, it's taking the whole hyping up the crowd with hit after hit after hit thing a bit too literally for my liking. it does get to have its charms after a while, but that might be stockholm syndrome.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 14 March 2020 17:36 (two weeks ago) link

xp

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 14 March 2020 17:36 (two weeks ago) link

Do hip-hop DJs not do this? I heard DJ Mustard doing his imperial period, he seriously got through his entire catalogue in 50 minutes. Great experience

Frederik B, Saturday, 14 March 2020 20:22 (two weeks ago) link

yeah, it’s probably similar. I prefer to get the full song experience, but I was raised on disco and house.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 14 March 2020 20:46 (two weeks ago) link

(when it comes to dancing out, that is)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 14 March 2020 20:48 (two weeks ago) link

This is super fun:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5wvrTAbzTU

Sister Deborah ft. Y'akoto • Somebody (produced by Kuvie)

(It's from her (mini)album The African Mermaid. Y'akoto, who's Ghanaian-German, has an album called Mermaid Blues. What's going on here?)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 16 March 2020 10:41 (two weeks ago) link

Latest-latest Sauti Sol is from Queen Sono, the first African Netflix series, with strong South African input from Black Motion and Sho Madjozi:

Click here for the studio version, but here is a live performance on SA TV:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rajJo6jKUqY
Sauti Sol ft. Sho Madjozi & Black Motion • Disco Matanga (Yambakhana)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 16 March 2020 20:20 (two weeks ago) link

A propos the convo last month: Serge Beynaud has a 5-track EP out, which for some reason is called Trilogie (well, the reason seems to be there are *three* new tracks on it, beside two of his most recent singles). Best track for me is “Bandeco” with its light-for-Serge touch:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eOlAnN0BgL0
Serge Beynaud ft. Molière • Bandeco

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 16 March 2020 21:34 (two weeks ago) link

This ama song is pretty dope 2 me:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJTeCJTGLr0

Mr JazziQ - Askies

ep launch party looked fun
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Sexb2jH_I8

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Sunday, 22 March 2020 10:43 (one week ago) link

Yes, that whole album is very good!

I posted about it (and lots of related goodies) on the AmaPiano awesomeness thread.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Sunday, 22 March 2020 11:17 (one week ago) link

ep launch party looked fun

No more parties like that in SA either for the foreseeable future tho, unfortunately (gatherings of more than 100 people are prohibited as of last week).

This is Moonchild Sanelly (who’s on “Askies” and in that party vid) on a non-piano track. It only appeared on Spotify just now, but it’s from last year apparently: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xP2EaMk80Qk

(this is her performing it live on TV – studio version here: Moonchild Sanelly ft. Lunatik • Dlala

(the male vocal countermelody that’s mixed in is a great touch)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Sunday, 22 March 2020 17:27 (one week ago) link

Another one that’s both 2019 and 2020 - one of the best tracks on last year’s TNS album now has a video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzi1F477ArA
TNS ft. Skillz & Le Soul • Ayabonga

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Sunday, 22 March 2020 17:29 (one week ago) link

Ahh don’t think I realized that had become a generalized ama thread

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Sunday, 22 March 2020 19:53 (one week ago) link

Family as we are all under #quarantine we have put together a mini Streaming #quarantineonlineparty from the house do make sure that you guys don’t miss it, Its going down at the house@shimza.dj @djmaphorisa @kabelomotha_ @djzinhle @iam_ph @darquecity @realblackmotion let’s go. pic.twitter.com/pV5VGZxvFs

— Black Motion (@black_motion) March 20, 2020



quarantine party all nite

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Sunday, 22 March 2020 22:32 (one week ago) link

Two good male/female duets from Naija:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8kQ44Ra6W14
Blackmagic ft. Tems • Soon

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Hb_VZvBsOA
Terry Apala ft. Niniola • Lock Up

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 24 March 2020 20:15 (one week ago) link

…and a Dutch/Ghanaian one, yes indeedy:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aRRl0-2ftW8
I Am Aisha ft. King Promise • Lowkey

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 24 March 2020 20:21 (one week ago) link

Video for Niniola’s “Fantasy”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-02afkIO_I

the word “cheeky” comes to mind

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 26 March 2020 07:29 (one week ago) link

Always time for some sweet African pop:

Nigeria: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SbHx9Ps7B4g
DJ Neptune ft. Joeboy & Mr Eazi • Nobody

(the kind of sound that unites West and East Africa)

Uganda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAzRKql3vpY
Eddy Kenzo • Tweyagale

(lovely tune and a big hit; always happy to see him do well)

Ghana: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UzxSNgs_0SM
Shatta Wale • Melissa

(this one is solidly from last year, but I was reminded of it by the Kenzo track – must be the schmaltzy old school sax; strong uninvited-guest-showing-up-drunk-at-the-wedding-party vibes)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 26 March 2020 21:06 (one week ago) link

(calmly posting on the Afro thread as I normally do)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 26 March 2020 21:08 (one week ago) link

...and by “always” I mean “still”, and not all the time but in doses...

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 26 March 2020 22:21 (one week ago) link

Another beautiful male/female duet, in this case Nigerian-Ghanaian:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YM71Op-VFlk
Ogranya ft. Efya • Wicked Somebody

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 27 March 2020 11:07 (six days ago) link

Lovely stuff

paolo, Friday, 27 March 2020 13:18 (six days ago) link

Who cares about lovely, here's Semi Tee back with another song, Gabadiya :D

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-zuBeqNrwY

Nabozo, Friday, 27 March 2020 17:38 (six days ago) link

Oh cool, it has a video now!

The track (plus its virtual flipside “Lemonade”) was posted earlier on the Amapiano Awesomeness thread.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 27 March 2020 18:24 (six days ago) link

I'm totally lost about where to post South African stuff now I must admit

Nabozo, Friday, 27 March 2020 19:13 (six days ago) link

There’s simply too much great music coming out of SA to be contained in one thread!

fwiw, this is how I break it down myself:

Melodic jams, house or non-house, with a focus on (soulful) vocals, Samthing and Sha Sha-style amapiano very much included: THE HOUSE OF SUN-EL: Sun-El Musician, Simmy, Mlindo The Vocalist, and other related artists

Hardcore amapiano, banging like Semi Tee or deep like Mhaw Keys: Thread for the AmaPiano awesomeness that is “Baby Are You Coming?” by Zero12finest feat. ThaMagnificent2

Dedicated “eMcimbini” thread, explicitly geared towards the glorification of song-of-the-year-so-far “eMcimbini”: 🎹🎹PİANO! PİANO!🎹🎹 - a song appreciation thread for “eMcimbini” by Kabza De Small & DJ Maphorisa ft. Aymos, Samthing Soweto, Mas Musiq & Myztro

Other SA stuff (gqom, SA rap, Makhadzi!) can still go here. Admittedly, it’s a fine mess – with the emphasis on “fine”.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 27 March 2020 20:02 (six days ago) link

So, Tanzania, with Rayvanny as my guide for the first stage – perhaps surprisingly the sweetness will be kept at a minimum!

Rayvanny goes singeli with Dulla Makabila:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PWCMHTJRn4
Rayvanny ft. Dulla Makabila • Miss Buza

Another one that’s Big Fun:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OoXcZrOOMks
Rayvanny ft. Busiswa & Baba Levo • Zipo

Rayvanny bongo flav’ing as he normally does, here is “Tete…”, sorry “Tekenya”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z9DWiUyp5Bo
Lava Lava ft. Rayvanny • Tekenya (Remix)

And if you like your Rayvanny sweet, he also dropped a mini album just ahead of Valentine’s Day, featuring none of these songs.

However… (TO BE CONTINUED)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 30 March 2020 20:46 (three days ago) link

Aware that I’m probably out of sync with a lot of people here, but here’s Tanzania, 100% sugar-free – THE SEQUEL:

This time I’ll be taking Dulla Makabila’s singeli lead, and post his “Dua”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P4yKz3KObZI

Sholo Mwamba is no stranger to these threads; “Ghetto La Bibi” is fire:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4-vDH4nYBo

Love the (what sounds to me like) Arabic inflections in this guy’s singing. It might be my favourite of this bunch:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-PWcsBRdag
Meja Kunta • Mamu

Meja Kunta also has a big song out with Lava Lava (see above), “Wanga”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SV1ra6fchW0

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 20:17 (yesterday) link

A few more:

From 2018, “Umepenya” by Pam D ft. Msaga Sumu:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QXccqFPGN0

Mzee wa Bwax (from the Sounds of Sisso album):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eL0k-KzpQlE
Mzee wa Bwax ft. Tamimu • Sanamu la Michelini

He’s also got a Corona track out:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YE2Vo_55TJU

(so do Rayvanny and Lava Lava)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 1 April 2020 20:18 (yesterday) link


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